Mage Gauntlet

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Terrific homage to the golden age of RPGs.

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The game's controls are incredibly smooth and work flawlessly. The game carefully ramps up the difficulty, never getting to a point of frustration. 


You'll face off against plenty of enemy hordes, but the game's graphics are intentionally blocky (as an homage to early RPGs) and there's nothing too scary or violent by today's standards. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mage Gauntlet is a role playing game that harkens back to the 1990s era of 16-bit graphics. It is story intense and combat intense, but because the graphics are so deliberately outdated, there's nothing very objectionable here. Kids may wonder why the game is so "blocky," but old school gamers will appreciate the throwback. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Is it any good?

Imitating the style of a 15- to 20-year-old game is a risky bet these days, but Rocketcat Games nails it with MAGE GAUNTLET. From the artwork to the storyline to the levels, this feels like something that could have come from the mid-1990s -- and that's meant as a compliment. 

There's plenty of action (almost too much), plenty of loot, and a nice selection of magic spells to choose from. The story (which is much longer than you'd expect) is deliberately silly, but quickly hooks you. It does sometimes feel like you're on a treadmill while playing, though. But played in short doses, this is an RPG that you'll find yourself returning to regularly. 

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